Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bookanistas: Abandon by Meg Cabot

One of my favorite YA authors plus one of my favorite myths? Yes please!


What the back cover says: 

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.
What I say: 

Abandon is the first in a trilogy. I don’t know why I didn’t realize this right away, but I just went, Oooo, I love it when Meg Cabot gets spooky! and dived right in. I was even more excited when I quickly realized it was a modern twist on the Persephone myth.  (I don’t know why I love it, I just do; I know this seems counter to my feminist principles, but don’t judge me, okay!)
Anyway, Cabot confronts the passiveness of Persephone in her own story right away, and dispenses with it. Pierce, the Persephone in Abandon, dies in an accident, and because of hypothermia, is revived after an unusually long time, with no physical damage. But while she was dead, she traveled to the underworld and met John, who falls in love with her (of course) with that sort of epic instant destiny thing that is so popular nowadays. 

But it works here because (a) it’s based on myth, and (b) you can see why Pierce is just the sort of girl to get right to the heart of the sort of guy that John is. 
It helps that Cabot makes them so likable through her wonderful dialogue. In fact, John’s obvious vulnerability under his brooding exterior, and his temper and strength, were very appealing to me. (Translation: John is hot, and there’s a Beauty and the Beast vibe that I find irre-freaking-sistable. I do love a grumpy love interest.)
The book opens after the dying and coming back; this is told retrospectively as Pierce is trying to restart her life in a new place. While these flashback scenes were well done (especially the part in the Underworld), it’s really in the second half that the story started moving forward with the kind of drive I expect in a Cabot book. (I’m saying... stick with it.) 
This book is basically Act One of this story. An entertaining Act One, but you need to know it ends with story problems that won’t be answered until book two. 
So, a definite recommend, especially if you like Cabot’s Mediator series, or my personal favorite of hers: Avalon High. It was a refreshing read after all the dark dystopians. It was nice to see a heroine faced with saving a world that doesn’t suck, and falling in love with a young man that I found really appealing... in a brooding and slightly stalkery way. (I’m not sure how she pulled that off, but... yeah. That’s my favorite part.) 

Here's what the other Bookanistas are talking about today: 


Elana Johnson visits Dark and Hollow Places
LiLa Roecker gets silly over Spoiled
Christine Fonseca has a passion for Possession – with giveaway
Shannon Messenger marvels at Moonglass – with giveaway
Jamie Harrington adores Invincible Summer
Shelli Johannes-Wells is in the grip of Possession
Scott Tracey bathes in Blood Magic
Carolina Valdez Miller interviews Invincible Summer author Hannah Moskowitz
Jessi Kirby praises Playing Hurt
Bethany Wiggins delves into Divergent
Shana Silver presents a Guestanista gushing over Between Here and Forever
Carrie Harris sings out about Shift
Rosemary Clement-Moore applauds Abandon
Sarah Frances Hardy enjoys Me Jane
Matt Blackstone loves Like Mandarin
Corrine Jackson delights in The Duff

8 comments:

  1. That looks fantastic! I'll have to find a copy.

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  2. Yeah, I enjoyed it a lot, but it does mean I'm champing at the bit for the next book.

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  3. Great review. I need to pick this one up!

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  4. I'm especially interested in reading this after finishing THE GODDESS TEST, which is also Persephone-inspired!

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  5. I'm so embarrassed that I haven't read any of her books. But I have a good friend who just raves about her, and after this review, I can't help but think I have to dive into her books with this one first. Oh my word, it sounds fantastic! Great review!

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  6. I'm with Carol....hanging my head in shame that I'm a YA writer who hasn't read a single Meg Cabot book. Blerg. Must rectify this ASAP!

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